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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (884) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2012
wood chips, powdered sugar, caramel & coffee I smell. clear dark brown with solid khaki head. a pwedery feel in the mouth. the hop flavor hitnts to the metallic but with the solid dark sweet background—caramel, wheat toast, plywood, peaches—‘tisn’t bad. warming. finish leaves the mouth dry. don"t know why the reviews are as low. it’s a hoppier than usual beer. maybe folks feel they don’t have to be as respectful cause it came cheap ($1.99 for a 22) @ trader joe’s/

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle. Boatswain Heavy Life Vessel. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Toffee and grain aroma with light hops. caramel and toffee flavor with light cocoa and backing hops. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee linger with light cocoa and light pine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3573) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
bottle - Pours dark amber-brown with a small tan head. There’s some clear hops presence in the aroma along with caramel malt. There’s a good, sweet flavor up front with well balanced hops and lingering bitterness. It’s actually pretty good, a good one from the Rhinelander bunch, some of which are quite mediocre.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4640) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle. Like a sweet hoppy mild so maybe not like a mild at all. Bold calling a beer Traditional in Alberta. Hard to believe the IBUs are at 80. If they could dry it out it might be a cool beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Rich amber pour with a creamy head. Fig/raisin, a little syrupy - not a bad offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #63. Cloudy dark brown pour with a nice tan head that left a little lace. Strong malty aroma, caramel and some raisin with just a hint if soapiness. More soap up front with the flavor, that faded into more sweet caramel with a hoppyness following that. Not terrible, especially for a $1.99. (2402)

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
r464 (1932) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Malty, toasty. Flavor is somewhat off, perhaps with a burnt touch that seems a bit nasty. Hints of earth (dirty) and grass with a touch of hops in the finish, but overwhelmed by the downsides.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rayOfBeer (671) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle: HLV alias, pours mahagony brown with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is malty with some chocolate and a little skunkiness. Flavor is a dusty bitter cocoa powder with some metallic notes and a lightly sweet bread. Palate is mostly powdery dry with just a light sweetness. This beer is ok for the price but a little off with the metallic bits and the bitter balance could do with a little more sweetness, especially initially.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (3704) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
22 ounnce bottle pours a brown color, aroma of caramel, nuts, light cutrus, and some sweet malt. Flavors same as aroma, average brown ale, would drink again.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
This was disappointing. Now, it was only $1.99/bomber, so what can you expect, but I do expect that Trader Joe’s isn’t going to align itself with something that can’t pass for a quality product. The biggest problem here is a really obvious metallic finish that ruined it. The maltiness is murky at the front, too. Better off going with the three buck chuck. Bottle.


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